Prince Harry ‘wants to take Meghan and Archie on Angolan trip

Prince Harry ‘wants to take Meghan and Archie on Angolan trip

June 12, 2019

Prince Harry ‘wants to take Meghan and Archie with him on Angolan trip to finish anti-landmine work that his mother Diana started’

  • Prince Harry is said to be hoping to take Meghan Markle and their son Archie on a tour of African countries
  • Harry wants to carry on his late mother’s legacy of anti-landmine charity work in Angola during six-month visit
  • Malawi, South Africa and Botswana are also thought to be possible destinations on the ‘secondment’ itinerary
  • Princes Diana visited Angola in 1997 to do charity work, just months before her death in a car crash in Paris 

Prince Harry plans to travel to Africa with Meghan Markle and their new son Archie to finish the anti-landmine work Princess Diana started.

As part of the couple’s autumn tour, Harry will journey to Angola in a bid to complete his late mother’s legacy of charity work for the HALO Trust.

Diana famously visited Angola in January 1997, just months before her tragic death in a car crash in Paris in August that year. 

The six-month ‘secondment’ to Africa is expected to take place in the next two to three years and see the couple visit Malawi, South Africa and possibly Botswana to extend work of his charity Sentebale.

Botawana, which Harry has previously described as his ‘second home’, is considered one of the likely stops in their itinerary, especially as it is a Commonwealth country as the Queen appointed her grandson one of its youth ambassadors last year and sees him as an important proponent of her legacy. 

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Prince Harry in Angola in 2013 with provincial manager Tony Jose Antonio who was showing Prince Harry around current mine clearance site

Diana Princess of Wales promoting her campaign against the use of landmines in Angola in January 1997

Royal courtiers are said to have drawn up plans to send the royal ‘rock stars’ abroad for two to three years, combining their jobs as Commonwealth ambassadors with charity work and a role of promoting Britain. 

It said the proposal would afford them a break from the divisions that have arisen between Harry and his brother William in recent months, while ‘harnessing’ the Sussexes’ global appeal. 

The royal couple are expected to travel together for at least some of the African tour, but Buckingham Palace aides are looking into whether Angola is safe enough for the infant prince and his mother to visit.

Harry has visited Angola in the past. In 2013 he travelled to Cuando Cubango province to experience the impact of landmines of the region. 

Sentebale, the children’s charity Prince Harry founded after his gap year in Lesotho in 2006, is expanding its AIDS prevention programme into Malawi. 

Advisers of the Sussexes are said to be working on Harry and Meghan’s ‘bespoke’ African role with the help of Sir David Manning, a former ambassador to the US, and Lord Geidt, the Queen’s former private secretary who chairs the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. 

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor shortly after his birth last month. The family are said to be hoping to visit Africa together in the next few years 

Prince Harry on a visit to Angola in 2013. (Left to right) Guy Willoughby, CEO of The HALO Trust, Prince Harry, Tony Jose Antonio, HALO provincial manager, Colin Watson and Gerhard Zank discuss clearance techniques of a Russian TM57 anti-tank mine

One of the enduing image of Princess Diana’s work in Africa is that of her wearing a protective visor and green vest as she walked through a minefield. 

During her visit Diana helped focus attention on the issue of landmines sitting with Sandra Tigica – who was 13-years-old at the time and had one of her legs blown off by a mine. 

She also detonated a landmine in front of international reporters and TV crews to highlight the explosive device’s destructive power.  

In 2017 on International Mine Awareness Day, Harry said his mother’s work on banning landmines in the last months of her life ‘wasn’t universally popular’.

Harry added that, ‘she knew she had a big spotlight to shine, and she used it to bring attention on the people that others had forgotten, ignored or were too afraid to support’.

Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday that Harry will attend a conference on land mines in London ahead of the Africa sabbatical. 

On Monday Harry will attend a Chatham House Africa Programme event on ‘Mine Clearance, Conservation, and Economic Development in Angola’.

The Angolan government are thought to be providing £44 million of funding to clear landmines in two national parks in the country.

(Left to right) Gerhard Zank, deminer Mateus Canhanga, section leader Maria Ilda da Piedade, Prince Harry. The HALO team and Prince Harry discuss future mine clearances in 2013 while villagers await their land being returned safe and demined

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